Professional Development

Voices of Birralee Professional Development Day

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Voices of Birralee is delighted to present their 2021 Professional Development for Conductors. This one day, practical and in person workshop will be useful for school teachers and community choir conductors of all age groups. The sessions will focus on Rehearsal techniques and Indigenous music.

Sessions 1 & 3 - Rehearsal Techniques will include:
• Rehearsal structure and pace
• Warming up your choir
• Learning through movement
• Singing in parts

Session 2 will be a song-based session led by Yugambeh yarrabilginngunn (song woman) Candace Kruger.

Candace Kruger, Kombumerri-Ngugi Traditional Custodian of the Gold Coast & Moreton Island, is the founder and director of the Yugambeh Youth Choir and author of Yugambeh Talga: Music Traditions of the Yugambeh People (2005).
As a choral educator, Paul Holley is a champion for choral education and regularly features as guest conductor/clinician. He is the Artistic Director of Voices of Birralee where he works predominantly with teenage boys and young adults.  
Jenny Moon is an experienced choral conductor specialising in children’s and youth choirs. She has been a music specialist for over 30 years and is the Associate Director of Voices of Birralee.
Details are below:

Date: Friday 3 September 2021
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Birralee HQ, 57 Carwoola Street, Bardon

$210 per person – Early Bird rate (closes 2 August)
$235 per person

Registration closes 19 August 2021.

Cost includes:
• Handout
• Birralee CD
• PD certificate
• Birralee bag and water bottle

BYO morning tea and lunch. Tea and coffee making facilities available.

Numbers are limited.

COVID Reminder -
The Voices of Birralee Professional Development Day will operate under Voices of Birralee's COVID safe event checklist and will follow the current Government advice.

As always, the COVID protocols must be adhered to:

. Stay home if unwell
. Maintain physical distancing
. Maintain good hand hygiene
. Check in using the Check in Qld app

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Participant Feedback for PD sessions

Virtual Voices Series 1 - Choral Repertoire and Warm-ups (2020)

Very worthwhile PD with excellent practical and highly engaging warm-up and repertoire ideas! 
Classroom Music Teacher

The warm up video – great stuff!!

Head of Department 

The virtual Professional development offered in 2020 (due to Covid) 
provided a great opportunity for us to hear the recommended repertoire as sung by the various Birralee ensembles. The delivery of this online PD was 
most professional and the quality of the repertoire chosen was excellent.

Regional Qld Choral Director

I liked the balance of informality and professionalism in the warmup presentations.  A joy to see and hear your wonderful conductors and singers in action. Overall, an educational and heart warming experience, and a perfect boost of inspiration to get me through ‘til the end of the year. Thank you.

Assistant Head of Music

A joy to see and hear your wonderful conductors and singers in action. Overall, an educational and heartwarming experience, and a perfect boost of inspiration to get me through til the end of the year. Thank you.

School teacher

This was great for busy teachers with full brains! It was handy to be able to come and go from the video format and watch over a period of time which you are unable to do in a live setting. Also great to return to review pieces and warm-ups. Really useful for repertoire reading sessions for the future with or without a virus! Thank you all at Birralee for much needed inspiration for 2021.

Classroom Music Teacher

Repertoire Reading & Conducting Techniques (2019)

The conducting session run by Paul Holley was full of helpful advice and strategies for improving one’s skills. Rehearsal strategies and ‘warm-ups’ demonstrated by the experienced Birralee team were also featured at the PD day. These are always a welcome addition to targeted professional development. Extending our toolkit for the many challenges as they arise when working with choirs of all ages is again most helpful.

Choral Director

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